Indiana stores may profit from Michigan’s flavored vape ban

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Coleman Wheeler

FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, a customer blows a cloud of smoke from a vape pipe at a local shop in Richmond, Va. Although e-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, new research published Monday, May 27, 2019, finds a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana vape shop owners say Michigan’s ban on selling flavored electronic cigarettes could spur new business for them.

Michiana Mini Mart, which is just south of the Michigan state line, saw a boost in business last year when Indiana legalized alcohol sales on Sundays.

The South Bend Tribune reported Monday that a clerk at the store said she thinks Michigan’s flavored e-cigarette ban could have a similar effect.

Michigan moved last month to become to first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes following a recent uptick in lung illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 18 vaping-related deaths have been confirmed in 15 states.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune

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